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Old 10-03-2017, 07:02 AM   #1
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Additional Heat Source for a Chilly Bathroom


I'm thinking I will need / want to add an additional heater to help speed up heating this 1st floor bathroom to avoid early winter cold showers.

Any ideas....heat lamp type of thing?

The house is heated with propane.
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Propane is the fuel source. What is the heating type? Forced air, boiler? Probably the most economical means would be to expand the current system to include the bathroom.

But short electric base boards install easily. Or you could also install a combo Fan/light/heat unit above your shower.
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Propane is the fuel source. What is the heating type? Forced air, boiler? Probably the most economical means would be to expand the current system to include the bathroom.

But short electric base boards install easily. Or you could also install a combo Fan/light/heat unit above your shower.
Fan/light/heat unit above the shower for a quick morning heat source than heating the whole house for the hour before I go to work.
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Or for the heating season, shower before bed time, no other adjustments required.
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Propane is the fuel source. What is the heating type? Forced air, boiler? Probably the most economical means would be to expand the current system to include the bathroom.

But short electric base boards install easily. Or you could also install a combo Fan/light/heat unit above your shower.
Is it possible / safe to install a combo fan/light/heat unit in the shower?
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Propane is the fuel source. What is the heating type? Forced air, boiler? Probably the most economical means would be to expand the current system to include the bathroom.

But short electric base boards install easily. Or you could also install a combo Fan/light/heat unit above your shower.
Is it possible / safe to install a combo fan/light/heat unit in the shower?
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Is it possible / safe to install a combo fan/light/heat unit in the shower?

I assume you mean on the ceiling over the shower. Yes, that is ok, but needs to be GFCI protected, and probably requires a 20 amp circuit.

I have one in my master bath shower. It has been 4 years now and we have never used the heat option. The heat from the hot water has always been sufficient.

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I'm sort of in the same boat as you, except about about a month or more out from being actually ready. In our upstairs we have one of the double heat lamp bulb style vents and I really like it, in the winter I put in the heat bulbs in the summer, I replace with an LED as I don't want heat then. I was considering using one of these on a basement bathroom I'm working on, but I don't think the CFM of the vents are very much, maybe 50-70CFM. Maybe that's fine for your bath, but I'm looking for about 150cfm+ vent, so I think I'm out on these.

My parents have one of the vents with the heater built in, it is nice as well, but again getting hard to find one that has much CFM for the fan. My other thought is a wall heater, I installed one in my 1 car garage and it does a great job in there, so that might be a nice idea. They heat up quickly, unlike a baseboard which will take time as they work on convection.

I also wouldn't like having it in the shower stall itself, seems it would be nicer once you step out. Infared, heat lamps, feel nice on the skin, but don't warm the air much. On the other hand the wall unit or even a vent fan with a fan style heater would help dry faster and thus warm you up.

Curious which route you go!
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If you don't have the tile down yet, consider one of those in floor electric heating mats and a programable thermostat. ...so nice to walk barefoot on warm tile in the winter!
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If you don't have the tile down yet, consider one of those in floor electric heating mats and a programable thermostat. ...so nice to walk barefoot on warm tile in the winter!
Probably another good option!
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